I was really excited to try this face mask, which I’ve mentioned on my blog before. I’m not particularly a face mask wearer, and I thought this would be a great start to try some out, maybe getting some more expensive ones if I ended up using them a lot.
However, this face mask was definitely NOT for me!
Okay, so bear in mind that this was the first time I’d ever really used a proper face mask (I know…). When I opened this, it smelt amazing. It really does have a lovely sweet berry smell. I put a thin layer on over my face, avoiding the eye area. It was okay going on – I expected it to be a bit thicker, but it is only a drugstore own brand so I didn’t expect anything amazing.
However, soon after I had put this on, my face started to tingle a bit. I left it on for about a minute longer, but my skin was starting to heat up, which I didn’t think it was meant to do! I knew as soon as I looked in the mirror that the result wasn’t going to be good. I gently took the mask off with a warm flannel. The whole area where the mask had been was bright red, and all around the edge of where the mask had been, there was what looked like a rash forming, basically lots of little angry-looking bumps. I looked an awful lot like I had really bad sunburn. Obviously, this really worried me, and I got everything off and put a load of moisturiser on straight away. I’m writing this in the same evening, and although the redness has faded, it hasn’t completely gone, and it took at least half an hour to start to disappear.
Clearly I was extremely disappointed with this product – it wasn’t expensive but I have lost money, and it definitely hasn’t helped my skin, and has possibly damaged it in the short term.
However, my main concern is that this has never happened to me before. I know I’ve never really used face masks before, but I have used plenty of other skincare products (and obviously lots of make up) and I have never ever (touch wood) had a reaction to anything. I just don’t have sensitive skin, which makes my reaction to this mask all the more unusual. I’m in no way saying that this will react with everyone’s skin, but if it can do that to my skin, I would advise those with sensitive skin (it says it’s suitable for all skin types on the packaging) to steer clear, as my reaction was worrying enough.
Have any of you guys tried the Superdrug face masks?
Any recommendations for face masks which I’d be less likely to react badly to?